Journaling Power Journeys

Why I Started Journaling
By Ollie Aplin

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How many times have you gone to write something, and just not known where to start? There are so many places to start, it’s hard to just pick one word or thought.  And as you stare longer and longer at the blank page, the more crippled you feel – and the words in your mind seem to disappear.

This is not writer's block. It’s that our busy minds are too noisy to find focus.  And as an anxiety sufferer, this is exactly how I’ve felt for years when I’ve tried to keep a journal.

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Ditching Technology: Journaling Is Still Best With Pen & Paper
By Jen Jope

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Millennials are known – and widely mocked – for their attachment to technology, and younger Gen Xers aren’t much better. But in certain moments, a keyboard and a touch screen can’t match the therapeutic power of plain old pen and paper.

Early blog platforms and social media sites, including Live Journal and MySpace, created an environment where my friends and I felt comfortable communicating our internal struggles to the world. When Facebook came along, it felt therapeutic to document your every thought, including...
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What Stories Do You Tell Your Self?
By Alison Laverty

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How do you maintain a connection to yourself and cut out the noise around you?

It is not easy to decipher where the noise comes from because every day we tell stories to ourselves. We blame others and the world around us for making our life miserable, yet it is we who really make up these stories in our mind.

How?  It is that little voice in your head … and mine that chatters constantly nonstop.   What stories do you tell yourself?  READ MORE

 

Bible Journaling Brings New Dimensions To Your Spiritual Life
ByLyn Alderson

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Among my greatest passions in life are journaling, studying the Bible, and drawing. So you can imagine how excited I was to discover that I can combine all three in a new creative pursuit- Bible journaling.

I’ve been a Christian since I was 26, but I had never heard of journaling bibles until a couple of months ago, when I found an article online...

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Journaling Nurtures Your Inner Spirit Wisdom
By Marie Higgins

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What I teach is one of the ways to use journaling to develop your inner spirit wisdom.  I recognize that there are many different practices and that individuals can and should modify the steps based on what’s best for them. 

Here is just a starting point with simple steps to follow:

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Combating Cancer Fears With A Notebook And A Pen
By Dana Stewart

Dana Stewart.jpg"I found out then that journaling could save me. That paper was there during treatment and it is still there today. It never judges me or my words. It doesn’t critique my thoughts and feelings.

It just sits and absorbs word after word. I look at it as a safe way to clear my mind from all my worries and fears. If I can get those thoughts out on paper then they don’t sit and percolate in my mind, giving my fears power and raising my stress levels. Journaling is my saving grace, if you will. It’s my go to therapy."

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The Write To Feel
By Diane Hoversen-Smith

Diane Hoversen-Smith.jpgI'm a middle child, with parents who have had an amazing love affair for more than 50 years.  Yet my own journey to true love has been a long, hard road, involving three marriages and two divorces.

Being one of four children was always a source of comedy and tragedy.  I had learning disabilities and was often the topic of conversation in my family and school. I was always trying to figure how to catch up and win acceptance from my peers; growing up wasn’t an easy transition.

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The Write Stuff
By Janece Herrington

Janece Herrington.jpgIn 1969, for my 12th birthday, I received my first “Diary”.  A hard-bound book covered in daisies, it contained pages of blank lined paper and,  most importantly, a lock and tiny key. 

Diaries!  That place where your secrets were kept, secrets needing to be protected from the watchful eyes of parents and snoopy little brothers.  I can still see myself laying on the bed, my bedroom door closed, filling pages with big loopy lettering made in No. 2 pencil.

I wrote about other girls, first periods and first bras.  I poured out my heart when I wasn’t invited to a party.  I chronicled my parents fights, and that night I accidentally discovered them naked in the pool.  READ MORE

Journaling Puts You In The Driver's Seat
By Deb Earleywine

Deb Earleywine.jpgNine years ago, I almost lost my life to alcoholism. I was in the Emergency Room and my heart almost stopped because the level of alcohol in my blood was sky high.

It wasn’t the first time my parents had taken me to the ER in order to save my life.  A worried doctor decided on the spot to send me immediately to a treatment center for alcoholics.

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Writing Therapy With My Flexible Friend
By Lyn Alderson

Years ago there was a credit card in the UK called Access- and it was advertised on TV as “your flexible friend”.  Today I realised however, that my true “flexible friend” is my journal which I use with prayer as a spiritual discipline.

My journal is flexible because I use it to respond to my feelings and circumstances as each new day arrives. A lot of days are happy so I use my journal to expand my vision, focus my mind and encourage myself to reach higher and higher. I keep a record of the blessings I receive and often write down prayers of thanksgiving.  But on a bad day,  READ MORE

The Blank Pages
By Tara C. Pray

I couldn’t seem to find it. Store after store, the journal I was looking for just did not seem to exist.  This particular journal I was searching for was going to be dedicated to one topic, the continued pursuit of my writing dreams. I needed a new journal to start the year off, but by February, I was still without one. I love journals.  But it cannot be just any journal. It has to be the right journal.  READ MORE

Never Leave Home Without It!
By Sue Branson Rawlings

What is the medicinal "plant" I carry wherever I go? My journal keeps me rooted ~ it heals my wounded soul ~ it keeps track of where I am in my journey. It is the one item that I never "leave home without". It may be READ MORE

Journaling: Time to Write to Yourself
By Rhonda Williams

I have for many year now written journals of my life and its many ups and down to life in that moment. I thought by writing my thoughts it would help me understand and find a way to find out the Why? As I write each page in my journal, READ MORE

30 Day$ Journaling and My Relationship With Money
By Tiffany Monique

In August of 2009 I decided to try journaling about my finances as part of my first Art Project for Goddard College where I am currently working on a Masters Degree in Transformative Language Arts. For thirty days I recorded my thoughts about money as they happened, or relatively soon thereafter. There were times where I knew better than to do anything but feel (not writing at all). Still, I wrote consistently on this subject for 30 days. READ MORE

Finding My True Self Through Journaling
By Monique Halley

Journaling helps Monique blog postWhen I was in high school I recall my mother telling me to always write things done, so that I can keep track of it all, so I did. I literally wrote everything down in my day planner; all my classes, my test scores, what days I had cheerleading practices and games, I wrote everyone birthdays, who I spoke to on the phone etc… It was very fascinating to look back at a year worth of my life. I read and relived every moment. I enjoyed it!  READ MORE

All Aboard the SS Journal
By Angel Fridhol

On April 15, 2011, I spoke with Mari McCarthy and my husband Joncarlo Fridholm about taking the plunge once again into journaling. After meeting with Mari and later discussing it with Jon, I climbed aboard the SS Journal. To date there have been more than sixty ports...READ MORE

The Value of Journaling
By Rob Rideout

I guess you could say I started journaling when I was seventeen years old and took a sailboat trip up the coast of British Columbia with my friend’s dysfunctional family. I chronicled our trip, calling it “To Hell and Back in a Sailboat”. This was my first attempt at...READ MORE

Journaling Saved My Life !
By Kristin Donovan

When I turned thirteen, I was seized by an epiphany that forever changed my life: adulthood causes amnesia. If I were to avoid the adult-onset cluelessness that clearly plagued my parents, I needed to carefully document my life and create a reference manual for later. If I wanted to remember anything, I had to...READ MORE

Journaling For a Better Me
By Sue York

Journaling has always been a challenge for me. I kept one as a child but have since lost it over the years. In my early twenties I had always wanted to keep a journal perhaps to tell my children how I met their father and they came to be. Unfortunately my former husband decided it was his business to read it. So I quit writing in it. I have since not been able to ... READ MORE

Have You Ever Cheated on Your Journal?
By Mazie Bishop

Mazie resized 600I have been journaling since I was around 5 years old. In my very first journal, I announce that I will be taking a writing lesson break and I pretty much write the words from books that I can pick out, over and over again. I have always been like that; announcing to the world or to myself what I am going to do, as if people are watching what I am doing. Journaling helped me see that! READ MORE

Blank Pages Work for Me!
by Patricia Anne McGoldrick

Journaling has been an evolving process for me.  I began with the traditional narrow-lined pages of a 1-year, then a 5-year diary. This precious small 5-year diary with a white leather-like cover and a small brass key was a special place for adolescent years. In a houseful of 7 siblings, you can be sure that I...READ MORE

Journaling with Your Inner Kid
by Jill Schoenberg

Inviting your inner kid to join you in your journaling has many powerful benefits. I should know because over the past few months I have worked with a short, simple inner kid meditation and an exhilarating journaling activity that included my inner kid aspect....READ MORE

Journaling for Life
By Melia Dicker

Since I was around five years old, my journal has been my closest confidant. I was still getting used to holding a pencil at the time when someone gave me a little hardback journal with a metal lock and key. Even though my secrets weren’t any juicier than “I went to Disneyland. It was fun,” the important thing was that I had a place to keep them. READ MORE

Journaling with Annie
Create Write Now's creative director Wendy Kipfmiller talks with Annie Larsen about the many ways she uses journaling to express herself, including auniqueapproachs to artistic journaling and how she uses journaling to cope with on the job stress.

Still Point: Entering Journaling's Sacred Space
By Carol Ohmart Behan

On my writing room shelf is a set of a dozen or so pocket-sized books that I treasure, a set of journals kept by my Great-great Aunt Mary from 1908 to the late 1920s. The short entries, written faithfully each day, are full of the doings of her life on a small farm. Again and again she writes,...READ MORE

How Journaling Saved My life: Receiving Journal Insight
By Lillian Gaffney

Sunday Aug. 26, 1990 I walked to the corner... crossed the street and walked to the phone booth. I opened the door and inserted my dime. I called the police. That phone call changed my life forever. As Dr. Phil says, it was a life defining moment. Things would never be the same, again. They were my first steps to freedom... READ MORE

Journal Writing: My Lifeline to Soul
By Elizabeth Barrett

Sometimes I surprise myself by what I unearth through journal writing. Is it even true? I wonder at times. Does it even matter? Will I find yet a different truth the next time I write about the same thing? READ MORE

Daily Journaling Changes Your Life! Yes, Really!  
By John McClean

As an 18 year old sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin I took a Creative Writing class and we were required to begin keeping a journal.  At the end of the semester, the other students each brought in a lovely journal to show the professor they’d fulfilled the requirements. I brought in a large box containing... READ MORE

Not Your Mama's Dreamy Diary...Journaling's Challenge to the Soul
By Mary H. Ruth

I'm in my late 50s and am blessed with a certain amount of contentment. As the sole operator in my small business, I work pretty much all the time but it's work that I enjoy very much, so the long hours are more a privilege than a hardship.  I'm also one of Mari's virtual assistants, though I am not being paid to write this post. READ MORE

Journaling Through the Rough Patches
By Gillian Burgess

For the last 15 years, I have kept a journal through my hardest and happiest times. The journals have looked different over the years, from crumpled spiral notebooks to sleek black sketchbooks, but they have always served the same purpose: to give me a safe place to vent, gloat, rage and muse about everything important phase of my life. My first journal...READ MORE 

Journaling Through the Rough Patches
By Gillian Burgess

For the last 15 years, I have kept a journal through my hardest and happiest times. The journals have looked different over the years, from crumpled spiral notebooks to sleek black sketchbooks, but they have always served the same purpose: to give me a safe place to vent, gloat, rage and muse about everything important phase of my life. My first journal...READ MORE

TRUTH
By Donna Abel Donabella

This New Year I began a 27 day journaling challenge to work on myself and my health. If you have never tried journaling, you should.  There are many journaling sites, but the two I recommend are; Mari McCarthy’s Create, Write, Now-Journaling for the Health of It and Matilda Butler/Kendra Bonnett’s Women’s Memoirs who do more than just journaling.  Why journal?  Well it really is a cool way to talk with yourself. To discover who you are, what you want to be and what may be holding you back. READ MORE

Journaling: Our Snapshots in Time 
By Linda R. Prior

I’ve dabbled in journaling off and on throughout my life.  Typically, these writing bouts have coincided with significant events.  Well, except for my first foray when I was just into “the experience.”  In sixth grade, I received my first diary, a red, leather-bound book with a lock and key.  Locating it again recently, I deciphered my rudimentary cursive scribbling, hoping to unearth some profound clues to my uncomfortable adolescence. READ MORE

A Ready Writer
By Dawn Herring

Keeping a journal has become a vital and integral part of my life. It began right after I met my husband Bill, a life changing event. The adventurous, multi-dimensional life we were beginning to create was worth the written word. My journal writing journey chronicled our growing relationship which eventually led to births of our two daughters, prompting me to create journals for each of them.

I used the pages in my personal journal to revel in my victories, vent my motherly angst, and define who I was becoming and who I wanted to be. Writing honestly about whatever circumstance I was in helped to reveal attitudes, emotions, and even dreams. This process became part of my routine, a practice I looked forward to. Journaling cleared the mental cobwebs and aided me in renewing my goals and life purpose. READ MORE

Journal Writing and the Global Awakening to Conscious Creation
By Soli Goodes

In a world that’s only constant is change, I feel blessed and comforted to have my journal on hand to help me find peace from within. I’m Soli Goodes and I’m a Journal Junkie. READ MORE

The Best Friend Who Always Listens
By Henriettta Handy

I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of two-and-a-half years old. My first clear memory is being in excruciating pain on my parents leather couch and in tears with my Mom on her knees beside me in the floor. “Can you tell Mommy where it hurts, baby?” she was saying. I remember understanding her quite plainly but not having the ability to form the words to tell her where or how I was hurting. We both cried that day: me in physical agony and she in truest heartfelt agony because she could not help her baby daughter fight a monster that was inside her own body. At that moment I understood words were important, far more important than anyone could know for me. READ MORE

Journaling Night Notes: In Praise of Evening (Not Morning) Pages
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I don't do mornings.  Pages, that is.  When I first read Julia Cameron's 'TheArtist Way' I was stunned: she recommended that a person write first thing each morning. Morning?  Have I mentioned that I don't DO mornings?  READ MORE

Return of A Lapsed Journaler
By Eleanor

DeCluttering My Life: My Journaling Challenge Success Story
By Mary Wimbley

My 27 Days of Journaling: A New Way To Value My Self
By Brandy Dille

Why Good Writers Keep Journals
By Danielle Lincoln Hanna

Writing: Start With One Word, Then Another, Then Another
By Jan Marquart

My 27 Days of Journaling To Health and Happiness Experience
By Lisa Wells

New Journaling Challenge: Toughest, Grueling, Freeing, Focused 14 Days 
By Patricia Bumpass

A Writer's Challenge
By Tara Pray

Journaling Challenge: It Opened My Heart Again
By Marta Luzim

My Health Fears Decoded Themselves, In My Journal! 
By Wendy Kipfmiller-O'Brien

Journaling, My Lifeline 
By Sharon Ostrow

A Writer's Perspective on Journaling 
By Nina Day Gerard

How I Remodeled My Journaling Practice
By Kay Butzin

My Journaling: The One Thing That Helps Sustain Me

Seek…Surrender…Succeed…Journaling Produces Results

The Challenge

Journal Writing: Old and New

Journaling To Capture The Flavor of Your Travels

The Quit

Journaling: Nurturing Ourselves WriteAway

Journaling: Getting My Life, My Writing, My Art and My Handiworks Back 

Journaling: To Write Or Not Write...Is That The Question?

Journaling is A Cure for Writer's Block

Journaling and the Who Cares Question

Why and How Writing A Memoir Evolved From Writing In A Journal

Journaling to Get Unstuck